Declarations & Publications

Poland, Turkey, … – to leave the Istanbul Convention means to encourage violence against women

https://www.dw.com/en/turkey-laws-against-domestic-abuse-fail-to-protect-women/a-55717911 The Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and domestic violence (the Istanbul Convention), of May 2011, is an important legal instrument for the reduction of violence against women.  Only 34 of the 47 member states of the Council of Europe have ratified the Istanbul Convention. Poland and Turkey were…

ELDH statement on the new EU ‘Pact on Migration and Asylum’

The Pact on Migration and Asylum published on 23 September 2020, provides a framework to facilitate and justify the obstruction of access to asylum procedures, unlawful returns and refoulement. Although labelled a ‘fresh start’,[1] it retains many highly contentious aspects of the old border policy including a discriminatory fast track border procedure, military and technological…

LAWYERS’ ASSOCIATIONS PROTEST ARREST OF TURKISH LAWYER SEDA SARALDI

The following statement was issued by the International Association of Democratic Lawyers (IADL), European Democratic Lawyers (AED-EDL), and the European Association of Lawyers for Democracy and World Human Rights (ELDH) on 31 October 2020:  Another lawyer from Turkey has been arrested Free Seda Saraldı ! We, the undersigned international lawyers’ associations, have for many years…

Conference Report – Rethinking labour law in the digitalisation era – 15 and 16 October 2020

On 15 and 16 October 2020 a very well attended video conference with about 650 registrations was organised by the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI), the European Lawyers for Workers (ELW) Network and the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), with the support of the European Association of Lawyers for Democracy and Human Rights (ELDH). Simultaneous…

Letter to the Permanent Representative of Germany to the UN: necessary measures for a fair and timely peace settlement in Western Sahara

Excellency,As representatives of human rights organisations, civil society andsolidarity groups from Germany, we are writing to ask you and allMembers of the Security Council to take the necessary measuresfor a fair and timely peace settlement in Western Sahara! In the run-up to the UN Security Council vote on the renewal of theMINURSO mandate, this is…